PREMIERE OF THE SEASON 2020/21
Stabat Mater / Sleepless / Black Milk
A tribute to Pavel Šmok
It is now already five years since, in the person of Pavel Šmok, we lost an unforgettable legend of Czech choreography. Even if at this premiere concert we encounter the names of contemporary titans of choreography such as Jiří Kylián or Ohad Naharin, the evening is dedicated to the figure of Pavel Šmok, a key figure in the independent Czech dance scene of the second half of the 20th century. His Stabat Mater to music from the 1st part of the famous eponymous oratorio by Antonín Dvořák, is one of the Master’s supreme choreographic works. Another, already the fourth, piece of choreography by Jiří Kylián in our repertoire will be his Sleepless, a work in which we move on from his “black and white” period closer to the present. The music was written by Dirk Haubrich, drawing on one of the later works of W. A Mozart, the adagio for glass harmonica. In the last piece of choreography we introduce into the repertoire another of the world’s key contemporary choreographers, the Israeli Ohad Naharin. His choreography Black Milk is an interpretive challenge for five dancers. The stylistically different Ohad Naharin in Black Milk, described as “raw, elegant and full of strength”, guarantees the choreographic diversity of the whole evening.
Premiere 5th March 2021, Janáček Theatre